Coconut + Chocolate Protein Balls (Whole30 Approved!)

September 17, 2015

chocolate + coconut protein balls | midwestlovefest

Okay, so “chocolate” is a bit of a stretch, but still technically true. See, there are cocoa nibs in these little delicious bites. And cocoa nibs and cocoa powder are technically allowed on the Whole30 plan, as long as you’re not consuming it to meet a sugar craving (which, hand to my heart, I am not…really mom, I’m not!).

I was inspired to make these after trying a recipe by Chocolate Covered Katie that I’m now having trouble finding. Womp, womp. Sad face. So, I whipped these up instead and they turned out pretty darn good. Also, there’s a sh*t ton of protein in these suckers, obviously, which keeps them both filling and delicious. Double trouble.

chocolate + coconut protein balls | midwestlovefest

Can I also say that though I feel lighter on this Whole30, I’m missing bagels like no other? No idea why, but all I want is a big, thick bagel with some schmear. Blergg..21 more days.

Any who, these little balls (ha, balls) have been my saving grace. Did I mention the puppy is a lot of work? Did I mention that I also have had appointments mixed with travel mixed with work mixed with puppy mixed with mixed with trying to keep sane? Oh, I have? Sorry. Obviously, I’m burning the candle at both ends and hoping I don’t trip and set fire to myself. Though, knowing me, I probably will.

chocolate + coconut protein balls | midwestlovefest

chocolate + coconut protein balls | midwestlovefest

Okay, Nicole. Focus. Balls. Below you will find a delicious recipe for deliciously filling protein balls and the major awesome thing about these? They’re actually fast to make. I made them in both my Nutribullet and my food processor, and I actually preferred the Nutribullet–would just makes clean up even easier. So many wins.

chocolate + coconut protein balls | midwestlovefest

Coconut + Chocolate Protein Balls (Whole30 Approved!)
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Delicious little bites to keep you fuller, longer.
Recipe type: Snack
Serves: 8 protein balls
  • 1 + ⅓ cup pitted medjool dates
  • ½ cup coconut shreds (OR ⅓-ish cup coconut butter)
  • Extra coconut shreds for coating protein balls
  • 1 tbsp cocoa nibs (or more, if you'd like!)
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil
  • 2 tbsp raw almond butter
  1. Note: If you're using coconut butter, don't include the coconut oil.
  2. Mix ½ cup coconut shreds with 2 tbsp coconut oil. I've found it's best to mix it in a powerful blender, like a Nutribullet. Perfect consistency would be creamy, but even if it's the consistency of almond meal, I've found it still works. Another option? Just use ⅓ cup of coconut butter.
  3. Add medjool dates and almond butter. Blend.
  4. Add cocoa nibs. Blend.
  5. Once thickened to an almost dough-like consistency, stop. Take out and roll into little balls. Then, roll balls around in more coconut shreds.
  6. Set in refrigerator for at least an hour to harden.
  7. Enjoy!
  8. These should keep fresh in the fridge for up to a week...if they even last that long.

Also, #tbt. Just cuz I’m gettin’ those #fallfeels.

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  • Reply Laurie August 12, 2017 at 4:34 pm

    Oh my! I just made these and they are AMAZING! I was out of almond butter, so I used the sunflower seed butter I had on hand, and increased the cocoa nibs to 3 Tbsp, because why not. 🙂

    Thanks for the fantastic treat.

    • Reply Laurie August 12, 2017 at 4:36 pm

      …I should add that I increased the nibs to 3 Tbsp because I had doubled the recipe to make 16 balls. I’m doing a 7- day meal prep for me and a friend.

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